There’s no denying that everyone, at one time or another, has had a snack attack. Views on snacking differ. Some feel that snacking is bad and that eating between meals leads to weight gain. Others believe that eating many small meals and snacks throughout the day is healthy for maintaining energy levels and optimal weight. If there were one way of snacking that was right for everyone, we would all be doing it!
To alleviate snack attack guilt, try to understand why you are snacking and what snacks work best for your body. Perhaps you snack because your daily diet is missing nutrition, or because you are eating too little at meals. You might be snacking because of nerves, when you are emotional, or just for plain boredom. Whatever your reason, acknowledge it and start thinking about ways to create a life that is nourishing and truly satisfying.
Snacks can be great energy boosters the problem we encounter sometimes with any convenient snack is foods that are highly processed and full of chemicals, additives, damaging fats and refined sugars. When a snack attack hits you, try foods that are filling and satisfying, but also nutritious. Here are some tips:
Snack on things that don’t come in a plastic wrapper or a box, like fresh fruit, leftover vegetables, nut butters and fruit spread.
Make your own trail mix.
You can also try “upgrading”
If you are craving something crunchy, upgrade from potato chips to raw carrots, apples or kale chips.
If you are craving a candy bar, upgrade to a handful of nuts with some delicious blue berrys raspberrys, strawberrys etc.
Upgraded snacks are high in nutrition and give you a greater sense of satiety and satisfaction; you won’t feel physically or psychologically deprived, and you’ll have plenty of energy to sustain your activities for hours.
Snacking is enjoyable and there is a wide variety of healthful foods for whatever you’re craving, be sweet, crunchy, salty, creamy or spicy. Dive in, be creative and enjoy your snack attack.
A healthy lifestyle is the key to longevity, optimum weight, abundant energy and balance. By using fruit to satisfy our taste for sweetness, we can leave behind the use of chemical, processed and refined sweeteners. Fruits are easy to digest, cooling and are great for those who are overstressed and overheated from excessive mental strain or hot climates. Fruits are filled with fiber and liver stimulants, which act as natural, gentle laxatives. Whenever possible, buy fresh, locally grown fruit as opposed to imported fruits shipped from far-off places. This keeps you eating in season, and more in harmony with your environment and climate.
Eating raw fruit in summer months is highly cooling, while baking it in the winter months neutralizes the cooling effect. Fruit in the form of juice is an ok choice but not my favorite, be aware that juice rapidly raises blood sugar levels and will cause you crash very rapidly.
Whether you are having fresh fruit for a light early morning breakfast, a midday snack or evening treat, enjoy nature's skittles.
Jahaziel Rueda CHHC,CPT,CES AADP
-Expert in nutrition, basic anatomy and physiology.
-Owner/Trainer at Vita Nova Nutrition and Fitness